Goal setting is a valuable activity, which can help both children, adolescents and adults to achieve their intentions. However, frequently we can see goals fall apart, or momentum being lost for a number of reasons, including:
- Not having a plan
- Not knowing HOW to get to our goal
- Charging too fast and losing energy
- Not seeing our own progress
- Being uncertain what the steps will look like
An easy way to set our goals is to plan them backwards. So, this week I have shared with you a simple goal setting ladder to get us thinking about what our goals look like.
What do do:
- Start on a scrap piece of paper so you can move things around
- Download the goal ladder sheet here
- Identify our BIG goal (is it realistic? how much time will it take us reasonably)
- What is my start point? What am I doing right now?
- What would the half way point look like? Where would I be when I am half way there?
- Now, break down the first half into four steps – building on each one
- From the half way point to the finish, break the goal into three steps
- Check that all steps are achievable and identify any help or resources we need
- Identify either dates to achieve by – or a way to record that it is done e.g. highlight the step
- Schedule the steps into a diary or planner – or set alerts on your phone
- Get started
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